Robin Neyman (Guru Ravi Kaur Khalsa)

In 1971, the Arts Center on 7th Street S put out a call for entry to college students living in St. Pete, looking for proposals for a mural to spiff up the outside wall facing 1st Avenue S. Robin Neyman, an art student at Eckerd College, won the commission, along with a $200 cash prize. The mural graced the building until 1974, when another mural replaced it. Help with painting was provided by Arthur Skinner (then a fellow Eckerd student) and John Eckert (then an Eckerd faculty member). An article in the St. Petersburg Times declared this work the first outdoor mural in St. Petersburg—quite a distinction for a city that has become known for its murals. Robin was also a dedicated teacher and was featured in the Times in an article about emerging local artists. Known more for her pottery and weaving than her painting, Robin dedicated the rest of her life to yoga practice and instruction as Guru Ravi Kaur Khalsa.